January 04, 2018

It's A New Day...

"...Fish in the sea, you know how I feel. River running free, you know how I feel, blossom on a tree, you know how I feel. It's a new dawn, it's a new day...and I'm feelin' good."

Michael Buble's Feeling Good is looping in the background today. I've made the resolution and solemn promise to Feel Good.

Yeah, shit happens, but it's not personal. Well some of it is personal but screw them!  Most is not about me, so I've decided to make 2018 a year of adventure, growth, peace and discovery.

Painting by John Clarke
Maybe I'm feeling at peace because I just spent the last 4 or 5 days with my sons and their families.

My tank is filled from:

Talks into the early morning with my granddaughter Katie. Gotta love my 17 year old young women, Katie and JP!

Gathering around the table, playing games, and laughing so hard at the antics of all, that my abdominal muscles are joyfully sore today!

Playing in the snow in Lassen Park at the foot of the volcano while the two three-year olds giggle and laugh and throw snowballs at Mommies and Daddies. 

Art courtesy of moziru.com

I'm brushing off all the political garbage (hell, he's not MY president)! My intention is to look forward to the GOP idiocy of the day because it makes Steven Colbert that much more funny at night! A good laugh or two helps me sleep!

Jeff Sessions doesn't even bother me because I know, like all bad elves, a fairy princess or good witch will eventually turn him into stone or a frog.

Life with my folks is still a daily issue, but thank the goddess for my sister who stepped in while the kids were here and took care of stuff. We also have a plan in place for getting them moved up here and, by god, we are sticking to it. (Easy for me to say, because I'm at home and Sherree is on the front line but we (sister, The Guy, and I) are a team with a mission. Having a plan gives us a foundation; doesn't feel like we're floating in the Artic on a 6x6 sheet of ice anymore.

There is a saying, can't remember where it came from or who said it first (sorry) but it says, "A good friend is someone who reminds you who you are when you forget!"

So, dear friends, I'm sending out a New Year's request. If I seem to slip and let my inner grump loose, remind me of my intentions for Peace of mind (and all that other stuff)!

To make this fair, I'm offering my support to you. What reminders would you like from me?  Do you prefer gentle nudges or in-your-face proclamations?

How do you inspire yourself to stay on your intended path?  How do you push yourself to get back on the trail when you've found that you have drifted?

It's 2018! Let's do this!

Photo from Yankee in King Arthur's Court
 Most important of all, let us enjoy this year, let us laugh, be true and live to our full potential!

Unknown artist...apologies.


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  2. I really like this bottom piece of art. Glad you are feeling re-invigorated. Happy 2018.

    1. I'm especially fond of it, too.

      Happy 2018 to you.

  3. I'm glad things are looking up, Toni -- your "it's a new day" attitude is very positive and I'm sure it will stand you in good stead! I try to stay on an even keel by applying the Phuckem Philosophy of Life. If anyone or anything wants to make my life miserable, I just say Phuckem All! It's remarkably effective BUT the secret is that you must TRULY feel that way. And I do.

    1. Debra, I agree with your Phuckem Philosophy, just sad that it took me so long to define boundaries. It came as a huge surprise to a few folks when I drew the line and said, "NO MORE!" They got pissed and I truly didn't care and still don't.

      I do worry about my parents, but I also know, with all my heart, that we can only do the best we can.

      I'm definitely deleting the word 'miserable' from my vocabulary!

  4. HNY 2018! each day is a fresh sheet of white notebook paper!

  5. Happy New Year, darlin! Five days into the new year and it's looking pretty good to me. During the full moon I set all my energies on trump going to prison. Impeachment is too good for him. But who knows what will happen in 2018. Right now, I'm just living day to day, doing what comes naturally by trying to make people laugh to keep their spirits up.

    1. Que es trump? Trump es una mala palabra!

      Probably just put him on 'house arrest' in Mar a Lago! He'd look pretty funny out on the golf course in prison striped pajamas.

  6. I like this. I like it a lot. It's a new day!

  7. A very uplifting post. You are generating some very positive energy! I hope it's a very bright year for you.

  8. Sublime piece of writing dear Toni!!!

    when you have warmth of true love and touch of relationships who will be thinking about the ice outside ,so true and justified

    I loved your spirit and resolution to stay in peace and grow it more and more within this is what matters above all that how we feel inside if we think about blessings we have we will never go low in feelings ,gratitude is the only attitude which keeps us cheerful even in ill moments


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